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We Want More Carbon!

July 26th, 2023 - Big Picture Ranch Newsletter - 4 minute read

Yes, you read that right: we want more carbon! In the soil, that is.


We hear so much about carbon: carbon dioxide, carbon offsets, carbon sequestration, carbon emissions, carbon credits, carbon footprint…


Carbon is the 21st century’s bad word. It's this decade's hot button; it's the forbidden element.


But carbon isn't inherently bad. Carbon is essential to life! It forms the backbone of organic molecules that make up living organisms.


In fact, there is carbon in everything in this photo taken while shooting Common Ground:

Regenerative agriculture transforms farms into carbon sinks, stabilizing the climate and enhancing ecosystem health. Carbon sequestration is only a byproduct of regenerative agriculture, but it is a very important one.

Carbon Sequestration is Key to Healthy Soil and Healthy Planet (from Kiss The Ground Movie)

Farming can help achieve climate stability

Regenerative agriculture transforms farms into carbon sinks, stabilizing the climate and enhancing ecosystem health. Carbon sequestration is only a byproduct of regenerative agriculture, but it is a very important one.


1. NO TILLING

By preserving underground mycorrhizal networks, we let the soil use its pre-existing carbon highways instead of forcing it to rebuild the entire ecosystems every year.


2. COVER CROPS

Simply by planting cover crops, we are planting more photosynthesizing organisms that will take carbon out of the atmosphere.


3. NO CHEMICALS

The production, transport, and use of chemical fertilizers and other toxic chemicals exudes enormous quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Simply not using them allows us to stop contributing to that toxic chain of production and spraying.


4. PLANNED GRAZING

Animals help a farmer increases their Soil Organic Matter (SOM), which is basically ‘carbon content’. It is an excellent indicator of soil health. High SOM levels mean more nutrients, better water retention, and, importantly, more carbon storage.


These regenerative practices, which we discussed in our previous newsletter, contribute to building SOM. The healthier the soil, the more carbon it can sequester. Leah Penniman and Gabe Brown can attest!


SOIL SUCCESS STORIES

8 BENEFITS FOR THE SOIL

In Conclusion

 

Carbon is good when it's in the soil, and using regenerative agriculture we can help the soil absorb more of it. Upgrading our current agricultural system to prioritize soil health will help us stabilize the climate because healthy soils, and healthy underground mycorrhizal networks, sequester tremendous amounts of carbon.


Coupled with emerging carbon credit markets, the transition to regenerative agriculture becomes not only an environmentally sound choice, but also an economically viable one.

Thank you for your continued support as we move forward in our journey towards sustainable farming and a healthier planet.


With gratitude,


Rebecca and Josh Tickell, and the team at Big Picture Ranch


Big Picture Ranch

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